The SUV craze round the world seems to be never ending, and this is making the car makers shower their SUV representatives. The Indian car market is definitely following the global trend. This year has already started witnessing great new SUV launches like the Tata Harrier, which launched in late January with awesome features and pricing. The Indian car market is awaiting many more exciting upcoming SUV models. Here’s a look at 8 such new upcoming SUV launches (in no particular order) in the next 2 years.
Kia SP Concept based SUV
South Korean automaker Kia has already started promoting its brand in India. Its first product in India will be the SP Concept SUV based model that will launch in the second half of 2019. It will be slightly more premium than its cousin Hyundai Creta, with which it shares its platform. The SP SUV is expected to come in both petrol and diesel avatars. Styling and features will be its main attractions, while its sportier version will also be offered in 2020.
The MG Hector is bracing up to launch in India by May, 2019. It is expected to be a direct rival to the likes of the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson, but will come at a more attractive price range around Rs. 16 - 20 lakhs. The Hector will also come in both petrol and diesel versions along with both manual and automatic transmission choices. That said, the new SUV will have the most advanced features in the segment included connected apps and best in class safety standards.
After the Kodiaq’s warm response in India, Skoda is expected to bring the Karoq and the newly revealed Kamiq SUV to India. While the Karoq’s arrival is still doubtful, the new Kamiq is said to be certainly making it to the Indian shores. The Kamiq draws design inspiration from the Vision X concept and shares its platform with its German cousin Volkswagen T-Cross. It is expected to launch sometime in India in 2020.
Volkswagen’s aggressive Indian strategy will include multiple SUV from the Group including the Skoda Kamiq and the VW T-Cross. Based on the MQB-A0 platform, it will share its underpinnings and some design cues/features with its Czech cousin. The T-Cross is expected to pack in a 1.0L TSI petrol mill and a 1.4L litre TSI petrol unit. The SUV will be contemporary, stylish and feature rich and is also supposed to hit India by 2020.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara
The Vitara Brezza is ruling the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment in India, so Maruti Suzuki is now planning eyeing the upper segment with a brand new Vitara SUV. Based on the Grande Vitara, the all-new Vitara will be compact SUV that is said to come in both petrol and diesel versions powered by in-house engines. Expected to come by 2020, the upcoming Vitara is surely something to look forward to.
New-gen Renault Duster
The Duster is coming in its new-gen avatar to gain back its huge popularity that it once enjoyed in India. The new-gen Renault Duster is already available in the global markets, and set to come here by end of 2019. The all new Duster comes with more rigid platform upgrades, all new exterior and interior design and new added features. The powertrains are likely to be carried forward with CVT and AMT choices along with AWD option.
All new Hyundai Creta
The most popular compact SUV in India will get an overhaul in 2020. The all new Hyundai Creta will be larger, more premium and more powerful. It is also expected to come in a hybrid and all-electric avatar in the future. The new 2020 Creta will be more loaded with features and will come with a 7-seater configuration option as well. It will come by 2020.
Next-gen Mahindra XUV500
The XUV500 has been always a good volume drawer, but is certainly aging. The next-gen XUV500 is expected to come in 2020 with brand new design, interiors and more goodies. The SUV will pack in a more refined BSVI compliant diesel motor, and is also expected to get more massive in size.